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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Apr 3, 2019 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH

I agree with the early 80's being excellent. I find it kind of a joke to claim that selling out 75000 seat football stadiums = a high point in the music - totally unconnected events in my book. Being acknowledged by their "peers" meant they took a step down in my opinion.

I'd take the 3/29/83 show over anything I've heard from 89 or 90. I was at that show and it was excellent. I was also at the 3/30 and 3/31 shows, they were just ok. I can't think of a show from '82 (especially the ones I saw) that isn't mile and miles and miles better than anything from 89-90...just like I can't find anything from '72 that isn't mile and miles and miles better than anything from '82. Just because they were the shows I first started seeing doesn't make them the "high point" of the GD's career. And I don't give two rats asses about what the tag-along backstage wannabee jerk-offs have to say about "the scene" in their "books". I had connections and was backstage a few times and I found it a pathetic collection of sad leaches - so I went right back out to the crowd, the only place where any real action was occurring - at the interface of band and audience.

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Poster: billydlions Date: Apr 3, 2019 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH

It amazes me how Bob though 1989 was their pinnacle. A lot of fans seem to believe that too.

I don't disagree that most 1972 shows are better than any 1982 show however I get more burned out on the early 70's because of the repetition (especially 1972 & 1973). I don't get that feeling from anything in 1981 and most of 82 or 83.

I completely agree with anything from the early 80s beats the 90s with maybe a few exceptions (but not many).